Celebrate With Me: The 4th Of July

celebrating the 4th of july All photos from Runway Chef

This is one of my ‘Celebrate with me’ interviews in which I talk to people from around the world about a particular tradition or holiday from their home country. Today we’re talking about the ‘4th of July’ with the lovely Alyssa from Runway Chef!

Welcome! Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Alyssa. I live in New York City and run the lifestyle blog Runway Chef, where I tie food & fashion together to create scrumptious style for everyday life.

In a nutshell, the 4th of July celebrates:

USA and life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness!

How do people usually celebrate the 4th of July in the US? Is it widely celebrated?

4th of July is very widely celebrated, most typically with big barbecues and lots of fireworks.

How do you like to celebrate that day?

Of course I love the barbecues and fireworks, but for me, I also like to celebrate the day by getting out of the city and heading to a beach with my husband and some friends!

4th july cocktail Alyssa’s 4th of July cake cocktail

Do you have any funny/embarrassing 4th of July stories to share with us?

When I was much younger, my cousin and I thought we would be super clever and create our own “fireworks”. Basically, we rolled colored paper up into tubes, filled the tubes with cotton balls, and then asked our parents to light them on fire, instructing them that the colored paper would make colored fireworks. Needless to say, I never went in to the firework business….

How do people usually dress on the 4th of July?

You will definitely see a lot of red, white and blue on the 4th, and denim is also very popular. A typical outfit for a girl is usually a little white dress or a white tee and some cut-offs.

runway chef 4th of july outfit Outfit pic by Runway Chef (see the full post here)

A typical 4th of July meal would consist of:

Barbecue chicken, hamburgers and/or hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, baked beans, potato or pasta salad…and a few cocktails of course!

peach-watermelon-salad runway chef Alyssa’s balsamic peach and watermelon salad

Thanks for sharing some of your 4th of July traditions with us Alyssa!


If you’re also from the US and celebrate the 4th of July I’d love to hear about your personal traditions in the comments sections!